- After her appointment as HUDCC chief, Leni Robredo has become more involved in the Duterte administration
- For the first time, Vice President Leni Robredo joined the Cabinet meeting presided by President Rodrigo Duterte
- The meeting was focused on the upcoming verdict on the territorial dispute with China and the ongoing war with the illegal drug trade in the Philippines
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has joined for the first time a meeting of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s Cabinet secretaries in Malacañang.
A sense of disunity was observed by the public between Duterte and Robredo after they won the presidential and the vice presidential elections respectively, but the two have become united since their June 30 inauguration.
Robredo wore a peach blazer over her white dress as she joined the other Cabinet secretaries for the Cabinet orientation workshop held at the Malacañang’s Premier Guest House.
In the afternoon, the vice president attended the second Cabinet meeting that the president has presided over.
(Photo credit: Rappler)
This marked Robredo’s first trip to the Malacañang Palace since Duterte appointed her as the new Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council secretary – which was the same Cabinet post held by former Vice Presidents Jejomar Binay and Noli de Castro.
Before his oath-taking, Duterte admitted that he is not planning on giving Robredo a Cabinet post due to his friendly ties with defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
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However, a friendly meeting held at the Palace between the two top executives of the country after their inauguration seemed to have changed their relationship for the better as Duterte immediately assigned Robredo a Cabinet post.
The Palace had yet to release its statement about what happened during the Cabinet meeting attended by Robredo. Unofficial reports say that the President and his Cabinet secretaries discussed the upcoming verdict of Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the case filed by the Philippines against China over the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute.
The Cabinet also discussed the administration’s ongoing war against the illegal drug trade in the country, preparations for the La Niña season, and plans and strategies for reducing disaster risk.